In Sports News: the Czech Republic beat Finland 4:3 in a dramatic World Cup qualifier; reigning champions Zlin keep themselves in the semi-finals of the ice hockey Extraliga with a playoffs win over Vitkovice; Czechs Novak and Stepanek are through to the fourth round at the Miami Masters; and Olympic medallist Rudolf Kraj wins his first professional boxing match.
"I really concentrated, I knew I was alone in front of goal. I just tried my best to shoot well and I managed to score. I felt that I could score because the crowd was really spurring us on until the very last minute. I think we deserved to win."
Saturday's win leaves the Czech Republic one point behind Holland in their group. On Wednesday they are away to Andorra.
Czech tennis number one Jiri Novak has reached the last 16 at the Nasdaq-100 Open in Miami, after his third-round opponent Tommy Robredo of Spain pulled out due to injury. Novak plays Thomas Johansson of Sweden in the next round. Fellow Czech Radek Stepanek plays Tim Henman of Britain in the fourth round, after knocking out Jeff Morrison of the USA.
Boxer Rudolf Kraj, who took silver at the Sidney Olympics, has made a successful start to his professional career. Kraj, who fights at cruiser weight (175 to 200lbs), knocked out fellow Czech Tomas Mrazek in the first round of their fight in Riesa, Germany on Saturday.